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Question about carrying...in the bathroom?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by horsemen61, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Senior Member

    Oct 20, 2011
    Ok guys I have a question for everybody and I can't seem to find an answer to "what do you do with your gun in the bathroom" the reason I ask is because I was at a public place today like I dunno the mall for instance and I was carrying my sig p238 owb and I went to the bathroom and it tried to fall out of the holster when I undid my belt :what: so I ask y'all what do you do

    Thanks horsemen61
  2. wgaynor

    wgaynor Active Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    Western Kentucky
    If you're sitting, put it on the lap. At no time do I let it out of my control. I've heard too many stories about them being left in the bathroom.
  3. brboyer

    brboyer Active Member

    Mar 26, 2009
    Tampa Bay Florida
    Get a better holster?
  4. 316SS

    316SS Active Member

    Feb 27, 2004
    I carry a Kahr PM9 in a Galco Stow-N-Go ;)

    I can unclip it holster and all, and put it completely inside my front pocket until it goes back in/on my belt.

    Also handy for entering restricted places such as the post office or court house. I park, discretely place it in a locked container in the car, and when I'm done discretely put it back on.
  5. David E

    David E Mentor

    Aug 3, 2008
    Question about carrying .......in the bathroom ?

    Have heard a story or two about a holstered gun on the floor of dropped trousers being grabbed from underneath the adjacent stall. Tell me, how fast could you give chase with your pants around your ankles?

    In preparing to do "#2," before sitting, remove from holster and carefully place it in your underwear, keeping pants no lower than just above the knee.

    You can't forget it there, you maintain total control, it can't fall into the toilet and any germs that get on it will be your own.
  6. Will_Power

    Will_Power New Member

    Sep 13, 2010
    An Okie in Orygun
    Ah yes, one of the classic conundrums of the CCW life.

    I've managed to never have to use the facilities while carrying and hope my streak continues! Hahaha,

    That said, I've heard that placing the gun in your pocket, on the back of the toilet, or (if one is present) placing it in a receptical on the stall door is the way to go. Just don't forget it there!
  7. TarDevil

    TarDevil Participating Member

    Dec 29, 2009
    NC Coast
    ^^ I'm careful how I lower my trousers, and my holster has good retention.
  8. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Oct 22, 2007
    Central PA
    I don't much care for drawing the gun from the holster if I don't have to. Just another opportunity for something to go wrong. (A gun in a holster is a SAFE gun. A gun in someone's hand can get into all sorts of mischief.)

    I find that the easiest approach is to support the gun with my strong hand until seated, and then rotate the holster clockwise around my leg and fold the belt and pants inward to let it rest in the crotch of my drawers. Wow, that was complicated to say. Easy to do, though.
  9. herrwalther

    herrwalther Senior Member

    May 1, 2013
    Depends on the bathroom. I like using bathroom with larger toilet paper holders, because on top is where I place my firearm. I typically carry full size or compact firearms so they tend to flop (still in holster) around my belt when I sit down. If there is no large, convenient place to put it, I put it in the spot between my ankles on the inside of my jeans. I have never left my firearm in a bathroom, never even got to re doing my belt without my firearm. One of the *benefits* of carrying full sized is you know when the weight isn't there and it should be.
  10. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Mentor

    May 29, 2003
    I pocket carry wearing Dickies coveralls a lot.

    When pulling down the coveralls most everything in the pockets tries to fall out.

    There is usually a flat surface, top of the toilet paper holder for example. I put everything, gun, wallet, on this flat surface.

    I do the same thing if the gun is in a belt holster.

    BADUNAME2 Participating Member

    Apr 22, 2003
    Alger, OH
    David E's right on. Stick it in your underwear, and keep your britches partway up. It's very difficult even for someone as occasionally absent of mind as myself to forget it there.
  12. scaatylobo

    scaatylobo Participating Member

    Oct 7, 2010
    Western NYS

    As was mentioned a large paper holder

    The diaper changer that is now in MANY mens rooms stall

    Between the legs/pants

    On the back of the toilet IF it has a tank

    Not one to forget the very important tools I carry,so I don't worry about leaving it.

    Yes I have heard and seen it done - been doing this for a few decades and I promised myself that if I get that senile = I will stop CCWing.
  13. mgkdrgn

    mgkdrgn Senior Member

    Jul 21, 2008
    Lexington, SC
    Since I pocket carry ... no issue. :evil:
  14. jim243

    jim243 Participating Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    Do your business while you are still at home. If I am facing the porcelain pot it is still on my belt. If your outdoors hunting and you have to go, just put it on the log you are using right next to your strong side hand. I've had two does walk right by me no more than 10 feet away while doing my business over a log. (LOL) No I do not get a shot off. (LOL) I don't know who was more surprised, them or me.

    When all else fails, just lock it up in your car.

  15. horsinaround930

    horsinaround930 New Member

    Sep 9, 2013
    When weather permits a jacket, I wear a shoulder holster. other times I wear an ankle holter with loose fitting jeans. If you don't want to change your carrying technique and use a OWB holster, be sure to keep it clipped over your pants and belt as opposed to just your belt. This way its still secure when you undo your belt, then like others have said, place it in your pants and keep your pants no lower than your knees. On the coveralls note... I cant carry at work and wear coveralls 90% of the time, I roll mine down starting at the collar, over the chest pockets, then over the front and back pockets, then lower my pants. Is this an odd subject to make my first post? haha.
  16. Deus Machina

    Deus Machina Senior Member

    May 24, 2007
    Brandon, Florida
    I have set it down on the back of the toilet or on the toilet-paper dispenser, if it's large enough.
    Usually, I hold it on the holster once the belt's unfastened, then fold it under into the pants to hide it until they come back up.
  17. Dave Rishar

    Dave Rishar New Member

    Feb 20, 2006
    Kitsap County, WA
    At home, the toilet faces the tub without much room to spare. (~1930 house, so tiny bathroom.) The pistol sits on the edge of the tub, almost touching my knee. It is not on the lap; reading material goes there. :)

    I work at a federal facility and cannot legally carry a firearm there, so that one's easy. My folder (which is not legally a weapon) is clipped in my pocket as it always is. Depending on what I'm doing on the job, there may or may not be a significantly larger fixed bladed knife strapped to my belt or stuck in the holster pocket of the work pants that I wear there. I suppose that someone could reach under the divider but they'd have to know what they're going for to get it, and while I've never had someone reach under a stall divider so far, I'd imagine that my response would be an appropriate stomp and some strong language.

    I don't normally poop anywhere else. If I have to, I figure things out based on the situation. It hasn't been an issue to date.

    This is a somewhat amusing discussion, but I suppose that it bears discussing. I'd never really thought about it before now. Thank you for that.
  18. Warp

    Warp Mentor

    Jan 22, 2008
    I will never set it down in a public area, such as a bathroom. FAR too many stores if people leaving pistols on the toilet tank, or wherever. Just too much risk of forgetting it for some reason or another, even if the chances are remote. I leave it in the IWB/OWB holster that it it's in, on my belt, where it goes.

    I may close the belt on it's largest setting so that a little outward leg/knee pressure keeps the weight of the gun from pulling everything all the way to the ground, if I don't want it so plainly visible (and maybe even reachable!) to people on the other side of the stall door.

    Taking the last stall at the end where your strong side (or whatever side the pistol is on) is against the wall helps
  19. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Mentor

    Jun 18, 2011
    I much prefer to not get caught out and need to sit, so it's usually not an issue. Leaving your trousers at your thighs and placing the gun on the reformed lap is the best practice if you have to sit in a public facility.
  20. SconnieGirl

    SconnieGirl New Member

    Jun 28, 2013
    Out in the sticks...Wisconsin
    So many outfits, so many guns, so many carry methods:)

    I typically have a small handbag at the mall; I just keep it on in the bathroom.

    When not carrying in a purse, I take off the IWB holster and pistol together and place them inside my pants on the floor. Hard to forget your gun when you pull up your pants and the gun and holster slide down the pant leg!

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